Biden’s aide rejects comment that the president was not chosen ‘to be FDR’

Senior White House Advisor Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondSunday Shows Progress: House Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill; Democrats suffer electoral losses in Virginia Black Caucus pushes for priorities in final deal White House to house legislators as negotiations on agenda reach critical stage MORE on Sunday he rejected comments made by Rep. Abigail spanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerMcCauliffe’s loss exposes a deepening Democratic gap Democrats unite to send an infrastructure bill to Biden’s desk Conservative group targeting moderate Democrats on spending votes on MORE bills (D-Va.) Last week that President BidenJoe Biden Virginia’s defeat reveals Democrats’ struggle with rural voters After victory, Biden seeks political rebound Sunday shows progress: House passes bipartisan infrastructure bill; Democrats suffer electoral losses in Virginia MORE he was not chosen “to be FDR”, claiming that Biden was chosen to “do great things”.

Spanberger made headlines last week when he said The New York Times that Biden was chosen by the American people to “be normal and stop the chaos” and not FDR, a reference to former President Roosevelt, who helped America recover from the Great Depression with New Deal policies in the 1930s .

“Nobody chose him to be FDR, they chose him to be normal and stop the chaos,” Spanberger told the Times amid tumultuous negotiations among Democrats to reach a consensus on infrastructure and a social spending package.

When guest host Bill Hemmer on “Fox News Sunday” if Spanberger was wrong after the House passed the Senate-approved $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package on Friday, sending it to Biden’s desk for final signature, Richmond said “I think so.”

“People chose President Biden to do great things,” Richmond said.

He cited America’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic before emphasizing the president’s infrastructure package.

“One is to control the pandemic, we have lost 750,000 Americans. And let’s target the economy. The president has added 5.6 million jobs to this economy, lowered the unemployment rate to 4.6 percent, two years faster than the Congressional Budget Office expected. Those are big things, building infrastructure and getting this bipartisan bill done that a lot of presidents couldn’t, ”Richmond said.

“These are important things, and the president has an ambitious plan for the American people, for the American economy, and he’s going to invest in them,” Richmond added.

He responded to Spanberger’s comments and told Hemmer that “if you want to describe him as FDR, then he is like FDR.”

The House passed the infrastructure bill in a bipartisan fashion on Friday, culminating months of negotiations that dragged on due to internal disagreements within the Democratic Party.

House moderates were pushing for the bill to pass after the Senate passed it in August, but progressives demanded that the largest social spending package, dubbed the Rebuild Better Act, be raised at the same time. However, negotiations for that package were ongoing.

The caucus eventually agreed to pass the infrastructure bill and advance the spending package.

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